November 26, 2008

Costco stores ready for pumpkin pie sales

Costco stores throughout the United States are well prepared for the annual consumer rush for pumpkin pies around Thanksgiving, bakers say.

West Coast Bakeries director Mike Cruz, whose business makes the huge pies for the retail giant in Issaquah, Wash., said the key to successful holiday sales of the traditional desserts is organization, The Seattle Times said Wednesday.

Everything's planned out by day. If you don't have a strategy, you're going in blind, Cruz said.

Costco has estimated that by the end of Wednesday, more than a million of the warehouse company's $5.99 pumpkin pies will be sold.

In-store bakeries help maintain a steady flow of the pies to consumers, using 4.7 million pounds of pumpkin and an estimated 12.6 million fresh eggs to create an even million pies.

Bakery employee Doug Roffler said while the day before Thanksgiving typically involves cooking 48 of the pies at a time all day long, it does little to ruin his longing for the dessert.

I still have a piece when I go home, Roffler told the Times.